When a BAT Swoops Over You at 5:00 a.m., PLUS 1 of 2 Stocking Stuffer Ideas…( Perfect combo’, right?!)

Friends! What do you do when you’re trying to fly outta town super early, you go to close up the porch, and, “Whoosh!” A BAT scares the willies out of you?

Happy to report this didn’t happen to me, but to my better half. He admitted he didn’t want to be battling a bat at 5:00 in the morning. “But…” I whined, “Think of what we’ll find upon our return!” (Envisioning a dead bat and it’s remnants all over our newly recovered porch cushions. Because of course it’s all about the new porch cushions?!) Oh ye of material mind….

One attempt, armed with a tennis racket, John reported, “No sighting.” Stay tuned to what we will find in a few days. Sigh…

Moving on to better things to fill your mind with(!!!), allow me to give you a stocking stuffer idea this week and next. Both are books (shocking) and both are pocket size to where you could stuff them in a friend’s or a family member’s stocking.

My friend Jane posed a thought provoking question this week: “What gift will you offer to Jesus this Christmas?” Stumped, we let Jane offer her answer first.

“I want to extend grace to all who cross my path this season, not to just those I’m partial to. After all, Jesus gave us all more grace than we deserve, how can we not do that?” she said.

To which I said, “Big ditto!”

Our friend Gwen answered, “Id like to offer Him worship.”

Which made me think of an awesome book by one of my all-time favorite worship leaders and songwriters, Chris Tomlin. He co-wrote the book with pastor Darren Whitehead.

The book? Holy Roar: 7 Words That Will Change the Way You Worship

In addition to the book, Chris just released a new cd by the same name. Every song is excellent, but “Is He Worthy?” makes me come unglued. Every. Single. Time. Several of my buddies and I were blessed to hear him sing many of the songs at Southeast in November.

Recently, Pastor Darren Whitehead, of Church of the City in Nashville, preached a sermon on “The Seven Words of Praise”, explaining the “different words the ancient Hebrew people used to express their praise to God.”

What’s so mind blowing about this, is the different meanings of the words because in our English language, we only have ONE word: “praise.” Wait til you read the seven chapters. Each will open your eyes.

Not only educational, both Chris and Darren are also engaging to where you’ll say to yourself, “Why didn’t we know this? This is a game changer.”

Let’s take one of the seven words: “Yadah,” which means “To revere or worship with extended hands…” This is one of the seven. Get this: It’s “found over 111 times in Scripture.” What?

One fun point re: the format of the book is Darren begins teaching us the Hebrew words and Chris answers with a song and the story behind its origin. You’ll know the songs and love discovering their very own stories.

Each chapter offers additional Scripture to look up for “reflection and discussion.” Chris and Darren invite us readers to become a part of the “holy roar.” Chapter Seven is on the word, “Shabach,” which literally means “to raise a holy roar.”

Do NOT miss Chapter Six, where you’ll learn how Darren, who’d been in Christian radio, came to America from Australia. As a pastor. You will fall out of your chair. Only God.

Ah, you know what’s next! Run, don’t walk to your nearest bookstore and grab Holy Roar. Your worship of the Lord will forever be changed and whoever you bless with this as a gift will love it!

Next week we will discuss another neat little book that packs a punch, “Too Blessed to be Stressed” by Debora M Coty. Bundles of fun a la Deb and pearls-a-plenty of wisdom.

And if you’re anywhere near Lexington on December 15th, you’re invited to a super fun Saturday. Please come shopping and join me and the gals from Peggy’s Gifts. I’ll be there signing books from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Peggy’s has something for everyone. (I got into a little trouble there a couple of weeks ago. Sorta bought some Christmas gifts as well as fab flannel PJ’s for Santa to give, well moi.) There will also be a trunk show, so double the fun!

http://peggysgifts.com/
112 Clay Avenue, Lexington, KY 40502

‘Til next time!

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Thanks for a GREAT Launch! Come SHOP at Two Chicks Louisville this Saturday, December 1st!!!

Friends!  WOW. Just wow.  Monday night at Middletown United Methodist Church (MUMC) was a dream come true!  Did it really happen? To God Be the Glory.

THANK YOU to ALL of you who came.  What a fun crowd!  Liz Curtis Higgs was the bomb to kick off our night with beautiful, funny, and hope-filled words.

Nancy Tinnell, from MUMC, and all the gals of Branches Book Club pulled out all the stops and put together quite the celebration.  Huge thanks. (Please keep Nancy on your prayer list as she got a new knee the morning after our Launch!  Healing hugs, Nancy! She told me she comes home this Thursday.)

One of my many favorite take-aways from Monday night was seeing y’all savor Bonnie’s Butter Bride story we shared from the 4th stop in my book.  Thank you, Bon Bon, for letting me include excerpts.  Y’all can truly picture the Butter Babes hearing this for the first time! Unstoppable laughter!!!

One thing I forgot to share with you is that on the second page of my book, where all the copyright info is, you’ll see “Interior Art by John Hoagland, Jr.” Yes, dear friends, that is our oldest son!  He did all the sketches at the beginning of each chapter.  Don’t miss them! Way-2-go, Johnny! (He was home putting Claire to bed Monday night.  He said she was out by 7:01 which is about the time Lizzie launched my book.)

Another highlight happened Monday afternoon when Jane Chilton and I got to go on Rachel Platt’s 4:00 LIVE newscast, on WHAS 11.  We were both Nervous Nellies, but Rachel’s welcoming demeanor put us at ease and we had a blast.  Jane made her famous pound cake to share with the folks at WHAS. (Recipe’s on my website! Go to: www.elizabethhoagalnd.com and click on  “My New Book” , then  “Recipes”.  It’s “Pound Cake with a Boatload of BUTTER.”)

Next up?  Oh, the super fun girls at Two Chicks Louisville have invited me to come sign books this Saturday, December 1st, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Pop in and see all their fabulous Christmas gifts, among other goodies, such as jewelry, baby gifts, foodie gifts, etc. I’ve already been in twice since they decorated for Christmas and have found great hostess gifts and stocking stuffers. (A dress jumped off its hanger and landed in my arms. Imagine that!) Maybe grab lunch at the Cheddar Box and shop at Two Chicks before or afterwards?

http://twochicksnandcompany.com
1212 Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY 40243

Finally, allow me to close with the beautiful words by the late Eugene Peterson. He wrote the Afterword in his wife, Janice’s new book six months before he died. The book is:  Becoming Gertrude:  How Our Friendships Shape Our Faith.

Everyone is in a process of becoming. More gradually than rapidly, we grow into the unique people we were created to be, throughout a lifetime of learning in Christ and practicing the way of Jesus…

Even eighty years is still a relatively short time to prepare for citizenship in the Kingdom of God…

We need the companionship of fellow disciples as we make our way on our lifelong pilgrimage. Such companions, have holy agency:  Our lives are healed and shaped by the people whose company we keep.”

THAT is a perfect depiction of friendship.

Hope to see you Saturday!

‘Til next time!

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Come Help Me Launch My New Book! Bring a Friend and Travel to MUMC, 11/26 @ 6:30 p.m. Liz Curtis Higgs will Kick off the Evening!

Friends!

Guess what? My first book is here and the girls from Branches Book Club at Middletown United Methodist Church (MUMC) are throwing a party! Call up a friend and join us Monday night, November 26th at 6:30 p.m. to launch this baby. (It’s been a very long twenty-seven months in the making!)

Another highlight that evening will be when my friend, mentor, and well-known author, Liz Curtis Higgs, kicks off the Launch. (She wrote the Foreword, God bless her.) You’ll learn why she had such an integral part in the birth of my book.

I’ll share with you some crazy anecdotes from this journey as well as do a reading for you. We’ll be meeting in the newly remodeled Connections Center.

We will have books available Monday night and I’ll be tickled to sign them if you like. This is a pinch-me-I’m-dreaming-scenario for certain!

You can also find my book and Kindle format on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and www.christianbook.com. Locally, The Living Word Bookstore in Southeast Christian Church is selling my book as well as both the Frankfort Ave. and Bardstown Road locations of Carmichael’s Bookstore. (My website has more info on the “my new book” tab and more recipes! More fun things coming soon.)

Many of you will know my friends who wrote beautiful treatises in the book as well as who gave me fabuloso recipes! Two prominent and favorite restaurateurs also graciously gave me recipes: Nancy Tarrant from the Cheddar Box St. Matthews location and Kelley Ledford from Uptown Cafe. These would be great to try with your friends.

I pray my book becomes a fun resource for you and your friends on many levels. (There are questions for Book Clubs as well as questions for your small group for a mini-Bible study.)  I hope to see you Monday night the 26th! Please RSVP to Nancy Tinnell at (502)245-8839.

11902 Old Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY 40243 http://www.middletownumc.org

FYI: Before Liz kicks off the launch, we will have a short, mini-book club discussion about our November selection, Merry Hmbug Christmas: Two Tales of Holiday Romance by Sandra Bricker. If you’d like to participate in the ornament exchange, please bring a wrapped ornament with you. I’ve received the cutest ornaments the last couple of years from this exchange!

Have a Happy, Blessed Thanksgiving and I’ll look forward to seeing you next Monday!

‘Til next time!

P.S. My friend, Jane Chilton, and I will be on the 4 o’clock news LIVE on Monday the 26th on WHAS 11 with Rachel Platt to chat about my book. Oh, I see you laughing.  We are too, believe me! Please pray we’re able to say something that makes sense in some wild way.😍

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How About a Virtual Trip to the Holy Land? Take an Eye-Opening Tour Guided by Kathie Lee Gifford and Rabbi Jason Sobel…

Friends!  Any of you have the Holy Land on your bucket list?  For a lovely overview plus eye-opening Biblical truths, grab a copy of Kathie Lee Gifford’s newest book, The Road, the Rock, and the Rabbi:  My Journey into the Heart of Scriptural Faith and the Land Where It All Began. You’ll want to go, like yesterday! 

Your toes may get a tad stepped on from the Introduction where Kathie Lee tells on herself.  She shares that the Lord gently reminded her to put Him first, “As you begin your day, so goes your day.”

She says, “Many of us have become so complacent, spoiled, and comfortable that we don’t realize we are miserable.”  Look at Isaiah 55:2,

Kathie Lee adds, “I believe this is how our faith grows stale, our joy diminishes, and our passion for God runs dry…we will all die spiritually if we stop feeding on His Word!”

We readers are taken to twenty-nine different places in the Holy Land.  There are beautiful pictures of these places in the middle of the book.  Kathie Lee shares what she learned at each of these places, and in most of the chapters, Rabbi Sobel further expounds on the significance of these locations and what’s important from Scripture.

You’ll discover firsthand why Kathie Lee calls the Bible a treasure map. Rabbi Sobel shows us from “the first letter to the last, the Bible points to Jesus.” You’ll also be highly amused at her trip where her husband, Frank, accompanied her.  Their beginning was so rough, everyone wanted to call it quits, including Frank who wanted to catch the next flight out! Don’t miss this!

Since there are twenty-nine chapters, each of which are short, I’d recommend you read this book as a devotional, reading one chapter per day.  Each is a lesson, in and of itself.  If you didn’t have the Holy Land on your bucket list earlier, you will now!

One of many fascinating discoveries can be found in Chapter 18, on the Mount of Olives. We begin by reading Luke 19:37-38,

Kathie Lee, Frank, and the rest of their tour group were instructed to sit on a stone wall, facing south, with their backs to a very brushy area. Ray, their tour guide, proceeded to direct their attention to the overgrown bushes.

From his wallet, he pulled out a laminated card to pass around.  On it was a teeny tiny speck.  Ray explained, “This is a mustard seed, among the smallest seeds in all of the botanical world. It’s smaller than a speck of pepper.”

Next, the group was told to look back at the overgrown bushes. He said, “That is the most feared plant in all of Israel, the mustard plant. It’s feared because once it takes root it can’t be destroyed. You can try to burn it out, stomp it out, tear it out, but eventually it takes over everything in its way.”

Holding his Bible in the air, Ray paralleled the mustard seed to the Kingdom of God. He said, “Once it gets planted, nothing can stop it!” Don’t miss the rest of this chapter as Kathie Lee shows us exactly where Jesus would have been teaching because the mustard plant, Herodium, and the Dead Sea are all visible from the point where they were sitting.

Another treat in the book is where we get to hear from Kathie Lee’s brother, Reverend David Epstein in Chapter Twenty-Two. Who knew he pastors a church in Manhattan on 57th Street, Calvary Baptist Church? He gifts us with two different teachings.

Our in-home Bible study group began studying this book via the study guide and dvd teachings (which are separate from the book) the first week of November.  Kathie Lee and Rabbi Sobel are both in the videos.

Max Lucado says Kathie Lee, “escorts the reader to the land of the Savior, taking us on a heart-deepening journey of hope.”

Franklin Graham suggests, “Fix your heart on the Rock of salvation and walk the Road that leads to redemption with the Rabbi—the teacher who gives eternal life to those who seek Him.”

The end of the book includes Kathie Lee’s experience during Frank’s unexpected death. You’ll need a Kleenex to get thru’ this beautiful chapter. Also closing out the book are nineteen inspirational  testimonials of some who took this same trip, including Cody Gifford, Kathie Lee and Frank’s son. He shares a fun anecdote too!

My same  Tuesday group just finished Lysa TerKeurst’s study, Finding I Am:  How Jesus Fully Satisfies the Cry of Your Heart, also filmed in Israel, prior to beginning Kathie Lee’s study.  Your Bible study group can virtually visit the Holy Land for several weeks if you study both of these!

Blessings for a lovely November and Thanksgiving season.

‘Til next time!

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Fab New Novel for November! A Poppy in Remembrance by Michelle Ule

Friends! Great news! Michelle Ule’s newest book releases November 1st. You won’t want to miss the chance to pour over the delightful pages of A Poppy in Remembrance.

You may recall her previous book, which is non-fiction, Mrs. Oswald Chambers: The Woman behind the World’s Bestselling Devotional. It was a wonderful discovery, learning more about Oswald Chambers, his ministry, his writings, and his family and especially his wife, Biddy who was the one that compiled My Utmost for His Highest from his sermons.

I was able to find my Mother’s copy of Oswald’s best-selling devotional,  My Utmost for His Highest. To this day, it is still the single best-selling devotional of all times. It was first published in 1935! You won’t read it the same after getting to know Oswald, thanks to Michelle.

All this to say I was beyond elated to learn A Poppy in Remembrance presents Biddy and Oswald Chambers, who blissfully cross paths with the novel’s main character, Claire Meacham. I felt as if celebrities appeared right in front of me when Claire got to meet Oswald and Biddy.

Set during World War I, Claire’s father, Jock, is a journalist and editor from a Boston newspaper with its syndicate in London. He totes his wife, Anne, and daughter, Claire, with him where they stay in Anne’s sister’s house.

Engaging scenarios, filled with entertaining conversation, ensue building the plot as we turn each page. Claire’s dream of being a reporter in a mostly all-male world comes to fruition a wee bit while they’re in London. Her father allows her to use her stenographer skills to help him with numerous war-related stories. Her two male co-workers each fall for her in their own way.

You’ll enjoy watching Claire juggle Jim and Nigel, as she becomes secretly engaged to one of them (not telling!). Claire struggles, wondering whether she’s doing the right thing or not. Her newfound faith makes these decisions that much tougher.

Her parents attend church, but believe faith is a personal matter, not to be discussed. Claire secretly attends Oswald and Biddy’s prayer meetings every Monday morning with Jim while in London. She’s drawn to both of the Chambers, even receiving one on one counsel from each of them.

Many lessons are evident in A Poppy of Remembrance thanks to Michelle’s strong faith and love for Bible study. Watching Biddy and Oswald’s interaction with Claire and others demonstrates how we as believers can learn how to handle seekers.

Convicted to be truthful with her parents, Claire tells them about going to the prayer meetings. Chalking it up to being quacks, Claire’s father dismisses Oswald.

Oh, but wait just a minute…As their beloved friends and relatives go off to fight in the war, an opportunity to help with the YMCA materializes in Egypt, first causing Oswald to go. Jock up and gets transferred to Cairo for a journalism opportunity. Zeitoun, nearby, is where Oswald preaches to the ANZAC solders. (Soldiers from the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps)

Will Anne and Claire follow? What about Biddy? Will they all cross paths again? Jim, one of Claire’s suitors and a mentor to her in her faith, also goes to help with the YMCA. Nigel enlists. The plot doesn’t just thicken, it quadruples…

These are some of many tidbits which will delight us readers. Michelle’s creative writing transports us right along with Claire, her family, OC, Biddy, and their little daughter, Kathleen.

How will they survive Oswald’s early death? Will cousin Peter survive the war? Who will Claire choose as her mate? Will her parents come to faith? How will they be affected once the war ends? Ah, my friend, run don’t walk to your nearest bookstore and grab A Poppy in Remembrance. (It launches November 1st to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War I.)

Huge thanks go to Michelle who delivered this engaging novel. If you’ve not read Mrs. Oswald Chambers yet, grab it too. It’s filled with more details to encourage and bless us all and don’t miss Michelle’s website where she offers numerous resources and fascinating articles you don’t want to miss.

‘Til next time!

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Please Join Us Monday the 22nd for a Hair-raising Discussion of The House on Foster Hill!

Friends! Run and fetch our book for this month’s book club meeting ASAP! You’ll be able to finish it quickly. Be sure you have all the lights on as it will have you bug-eyed and a little on edge… (We’re meeting Monday the 22nd from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Invite your friends to join you! We’ll meet in the sanctuary of Middletown United Methodist Church. Address at the end of this post.)

The book had me from its cover:

Author Jaime Jo Wright created quite a page-turner, while jumping back and forth between two women separated by a century in the  very same house. Sounds confusing, but Jamie guides us readers along beautifully and at a fast pace.

It’s a huge deal Jamie Jo’s debut novel is nominated in two categories for the very coveted Christy Award: First Novel and Mystery/Suspense/ Thriller.

I’m only a hundred pages in, so I’m going to let reviewer Barbara Derse tease you for a moment :

“In her debut novel, Author Jamie Jo Wright has delivered a compelling tale of murder and mystery through a time split-story line connected by an old abandoned house, the lives it touched, and the long protected secrets it hold. Gripping suspense, multiple plot twists, hair-raising terror and well developed characters travel across the pages.

I found myself riveted by Kaine Prescott’s and Ivy Thorpe’s lives as they converged at The House on Foster Hill. Wright has woven a dual story so intricately entwined it took me to the end of the book to unravel and reveal the truth.

And, it was a surprise…not what I was expecting at all. The seamless transition from one era to the other kept the smooth rhythm of the story flowing and held me captive with each turn of the page to the very end.Though the story in both eras has a dark  and ominous feel to it, it also offers light and life. Intertwined with the frightening evil that overshadows the house, a legacy of hope rises and shines through the strong women who refuse to let the house’s secret ruin their lives or force them to live in fear; women who look to an eternal future.

Wright does an exceptional job weaving faith into everyday moments in a natural, unforced way…as it should be. Talk of God’s love and His promises written in scripture were flawlessly laid within casual conversation and deep reflections by the characters.

Wright has crafted a well written debut and is an author to watch in the coming years. I look forward to more from her.”

And, good news for us, Jaime Jo has written more…

(releasing January 22nd, available for ore-order.)

To find out more about Jamie Jo Wright, visit her website:  www.jaimewrightbooks.com

Grab some friends and join us in the sanctuary of Middletown United Methodist Church, Monday night, October 22nd, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  The more the merrier!

Please RSVP to Nancy Tinnell at (502) 245-8839.

11902 Old Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY 40243 http://www.middletownumc.org

See you next Monday!

‘Til next time…

 

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How About a Staycation Where You Get to Travel Across 4 Continents? (with help from Tsh Oxenreider)

Friends!  Who in their right mind would tote THREE young children across FOUR continents, with her husband and FIVE backpacks over NINE months??? Uh, that would be Tsh Oxenreider.  Now that I’ve read her book, I feel as if I had the fabulous opportunity to accompany her from my little chair right here on our porch.

The book?  At Home in the World:  Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe.

Having enjoyed reading another one of Tsh’s books (Notes from a Blue Bike), when I discovered this one, I had to grab it.  Her little family accomplished this traveling while “world-schooling” their kids.  Their experiences are eye-opening and jaw dropping all at once. (Small detail:  their children were 8, 6, and 4 at the time.  Piece of cake, right?)

One minute you find yourself bug-eyed, the next minute you’re howling laughing. Upon some hair-raising discoveries you’ll find yourself saying, “Wow, I’m glad they did this!  Not sure I’d be so brave.” (i.e. finding a tarantula in your shower or monkeys stealing a sandal!)

We readers get to see firsthand how travel shapes and transforms this precious family of five. Chris Guillebeau said, “Tsh is a remarkable example of how to balance the rooted stability of family with the winged adventure of wanderlust.”

Toting only backpacks, the Oxenreider family hops a plane bound for China where they land twenty-nine hours later.  Upon arrival, they snap “first day of school” pics in Beijing, their three children’s blond hair fascinating the Asians. You’ll get to go on more than one tuk-tuk ride and gag over some prepackaged chicken feet in a market.

On to Hong Kong…and then Thailand where Tsh seeks out some spiritual direction.  I love her honesty and hunger to revive her faith. Amazingly, and surely God-orchestrated, Tsh is connected with a woman by the name of Nora, a spiritual director, who she meets with a number of times since they’d be in Thailand for two months.

Right away, Nora suggests the below phrase:

Precious pearls of faith are dotted throughout, many of which are revelations. God’s omnipresence will warm your soul.

The family flies to southern Thailand, strategizing to create an endless summer.  A ninety-degree Thanksgiving is what they got. On to Singapore, where it’s also ninety degrees, we learn it’s always ninety degrees there.

And did you know the Changi Airport is the best airport in the world? “Free movie theaters, swimming pools, art stations, video game portals, nature paths in outdoor gardens, world-class playgrounds, a butterfly sanctuary, and sleeping rooms.” Who needs Disney?!

After a brief visit, the Oxenreider fam is off to Australia and it’s Christmastime. They travel from Sydney, to Brisbane, to Cairns. We learn quickly Australia is “one of the world’s most expensive countries.” Interestingly, both Tsh and her husband, Kyle, have jobs where they can work from anywhere.

A huge aha moment occurred further into the chapter on Australia.  I’ve always been a fan of koala bears, thinking Qantas Airlines surely is the bomb.  I’d never realized the country is home to “5,700 different animal species, 80 percent found nowhere else in the world…Australia has more things that will kill you than anywhere else on the plant. Ten of the worlds’ deadliest snakes live here, and five of the most lethal creatures in the world reside in the northeast state of Queensland.” Packin’ your bags?

Tsh’s vivid writing brings each new element of each country to life. A favorite quote from their visit to Australia is, “The land is special here; a dance of God’s divinity with dirt. We are here to witness it.”

Red Rocks, Katajuda, Outback, Australia

John, their hiking guide, warns the children not to touch a certain plant with side effects you don’t want to read about, much less subject your children to. I’d have bailed.  You don’t want to miss this part.

Nor do you want to miss their snorkeling adventure at the Great Barrier Reef, making you want to jump in with them, even if you have to stuff yourself into a wet suit. Tsh shares, “The sky and water are monochromatic. It is a canvas of blue, textured by shadowy-small waves.”

Onward to New Zealand…from Christchurch to Queenstown. The plot thickens, when because of expenses, their next half of the visit will be spent in….get ready:  a campervan in non-stop rain. (I’d have had to stop and buy duct tape to cover my mouth.)

Another nugget we should all copy is a term Tsh teaches us upon their return to Australia where they get to housesit for friends. This friend’s parents pick them up at the airport, some fifty miles from the outskirts of Sidney where they’d be staying.  They come in not one, but two cars.  Commenting on the cost of gas, Tsh insists they at least pay them something.  But no, Pete and Bez won’t hear of it.

They go on to explain about “The Westbrook Effect” which came from an experience they had with a man named Westbrook.  Every time they came to visit, he’d pull out all the stops, going above and beyond, treating them like royalty.  They decided from then on that anytime they had guests they’d do the same. Likewise Tsh and Kyle said they’d be doing it too. Their family of five celebrates Christmas, and it’s on to Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka is a “pear-shaped island southeast of India.”  What transpires here is my favorite part of the journey.  (Remember the tarantula and the monkeys?  Do NOT miss this chapter!) Also keep in mind that “cobras are as plentiful as Texas squirrels.” How much sleep would you get? (You’ll also discover incredible facts about tea in Sri Lanka and coffee in Ethiopia.)

Our own Kentucky author, Wendell Berry, introduces Part Four. It includes Uganda, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Morocco.

Part Five takes us to France, Italy, Croatia, Kosovo (where Tsh and Kyle met), Turkey (where they lived with two of their three children for some time), Germany, and England. Since Europe has always been Tsh’s favorite place to visit, the stops in each of these countries are extra special, including the places where they stay, one of which is an olive oil mill!

You can easily picture the countryside in these petite villages.  Breathtaking. At one point Tsh reveals, “Passport stamps became icons for gathered wisdom.

Every single chapter (there are twenty-two!) is a wealth of information, entertaining and educating the reader who I presume will add some of these stops to their own bucket list.

Now you know what I’m going to say! Run, don’t walk to your nearest bookstore and snag a copy of At Home in the World:  Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe. See where your definition of home is after reading this.

Bonus: Don’t miss Tsh’s blog:  The Art of Simple www.theartofsimple.net

‘Til next time!

 

 

 

 

 

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